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Toward more accurate climate modeling
by Massie Santos Ballon

AMERICAN RESEARCHERS tracking the weather in Asia have found Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption nearly 20 years ago is part of the reason southeast Asia has wetter monsoon seasons, a finding that means several global climate models need to be refined.

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Crab mentality
by Massie Santos Ballon

THE TERM “CRAB MENTALITY” IS OFten used to describe the behavior of crabs in a basket, pulling each other down from the walls in order to climb over the basket rim and escape from potentially becoming someone’s next meal.

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Discovery
Chances of death by aliens
by Massie Santos Ballon

THE STANDOUT moment to me, anyway in the book “Death from the Skies!” comes in Chapter 5, when astronomer Philip Plait defines the term “spaghettification.”

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After the rain
by Massie Santos Ballon

AS NEWS reports continue to provide updates on the aftermath of Ondoy and the status of relief efforts, some of these stories also make comparisons between recent events and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina sweeping through the southern American city of New Orleans four years ago.

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Discovery
From algal bloom to battery base
by Massie Santos Ballon

As portable electronics such as shrinking laptops and cell phones with ever-increasing features and electric vehicles continue to grow in popularity, so does the need for batteries made of lithium-ion or nickel-metal hydride, probably more recognizable by their respective acronyms of Li-ion and NiMH.

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Bacteria and the butterfly
by Massie Santos Ballon

DESPITE the imposing name, the Great Eggfly butterfly, known in scientific circles as Hypolimnas bolina, isn’t quite as long as your index finger. The males have black wings with large white spot rimmed in pale blue.

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Discovery
Building the brain a line at a time
by Massie Santos Ballon

YOU MAY have heard recently that neuroscientists reported regularly playing the game Tetris is good for the brain because it increases gray matter in the cortex, the part associated with thinking.

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Discovery
Fun with numbers
by Massie Santos Ballon

IT’S NOT quite time for the IG Nobels yet, but mathematicians who’ve worked out calculations relating to force fields that might protect buildings from earthquakes and to the spread of infectious diseases as modeled by “classical” zombies have invoked a similar reaction.

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